Category Archives: Statues & Monuments

Damnatio Memoriae Sevaniae

A year or so ago, I had an exchange with the United Daughter of the Confederacy about the monument to CSA General Edmund Kirby-Smith on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where I teach. My … Continue reading

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To Hear About a Martyr and a Hero

I had been prepared yesterday to talk about kings and prophets, but instead got to hear about a martyr and a hero. Friday was the day before Fall Break here in Sewanee, and my last class of the week was the … Continue reading

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Letter to the UDC

A letter to Mrs. Ginger Delius, President of the Kirby-Smith chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Tullahoma, TN, printed in the Sewanee Purple. Dear Mrs. Delius, Many thanks for your letter of September 14th, sent to me … Continue reading

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The Bard on Beach Street

I was walking down Beach Street in Boston’s Chinatown the last week, and came across a bust of Shakespeare carved in high relief on the wall of a building. No sign, no plaque, nothing to explain why Shakespeare might be … Continue reading

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Rubio/L’Arringatore 

Marco Rubio bid the Republican race for president farewell last night, leaving the field open to either a dangerous demagogue or an inflexible ideologue to be the party’s candidate. I’ve been reading Sallust’s history of the Catilianarian conspiracy, and I … Continue reading

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Open Letter about GSA to Kevin and CleiJo

Dear CleiJo and Kevin, Quite a few people have come up to me in the last month and said, Aren’t you glad you’re not on the school board anymore? I usually smile and nod, but in my heart, I’m sorry … Continue reading

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A Flavian Lady in Chattanooga

When I was in Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital recently to visit a friend, I passed by this bust on my way to the elevator. The baroness Marguerite Erlanger, wife of the French baron who endowed the hospital, was born Marguerite Mathilde Slidell (1842–1927), … Continue reading

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